05/02/16 6:06pm

Thunderstorms over Alexandria, VA

Severe Thunderstorm Warning Issued – Seek Shelter IMMEDIATELY

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning through 7:15 PM this evening (Monday, May 2) in Alexandria, Virginia. Seek shelter IMMEDIATELY.

A Severe thunderstorm Watch is in effect for our area until 10:00pm.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS EXTENDED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM
WATCH 138 TO INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING AREAS UNTIL 10 PM EDT THIS
EVENING

THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

IN MARYLAND THIS WATCH INCLUDES 3 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL MARYLAND

MONTGOMERY PRINCE GEORGES

IN SOUTHERN MARYLAND

CHARLES

IN VIRGINIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 18 COUNTIES

IN CENTRAL VIRGINIA

CITY OF FREDERICKSBURG KING GEORGE
ORANGE SPOTSYLVANIA

IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA

ARLINGTON CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CITY OF FAIRFAX
CITY OF MANASSAS CITY OF MANASSAS PARK
CULPEPER FAIRFAX FAUQUIER
LOUDOUN PRINCE WILLIAM STAFFORD

IN NORTHWEST VIRGINIA

MADISON PAGE RAPPAHANNOCK

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF…ALEXANDRIA…ARLINGTON…
ASPEN HILL…BETHESDA…BOWIE…CAMP SPRINGS…CHANTILLY…
CLINTON…COLLEGE PARK…CULPEPER…DAHLGREN…FAIRFAX…
FALMOUTH…FREDERICKSBURG…GAITHERSBURG…GERMANTOWN…
GORDONSVILLE…GREENBELT…HERNDON…LAUREL…LEESBURG…LURAY…
MADISON…MANASSAS…MANASSAS PARK…MCLEAN…ORANGE…POTOMAC…
RESTON…ROCKVILLE…SHENANDOAH…SILVER SPRING…
SPOTSYLVANIA COURTHOUSE…ST. CHARLES…STANLEY…STERLING…
SUITLAND-SILVER HILL…WALDORF…WARRENTON…WASHINGTON…
WASHINGTON AND WOODBRIDGE.

(Photo by Mehul Antani, on Flickr)

05/02/16 2:38pm

White House

NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, 2016

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION

“Nearly 44 million American adults, and millions of children, experience mental health conditions each year, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. Although we have made progress expanding mental health coverage and elevating the conversation about mental health, too many people still do not get the help they need. Our Nation is founded on the belief that we must look out for one another — and whether it affects our family members, friends, co-workers, or those unknown to us — we do a service for each other when we reach out and help those struggling with mental health issues. This month, we renew our commitment to ridding our society of the stigma associated with mental illness, encourage those living with mental health conditions to get the help they need, and reaffirm our pledge to ensure those who need help have access to the support, acceptance, and resources they deserve.

(more…)

05/02/16 1:45pm

Save the Patrick Henry Elementary School Auditorium in Alexandria, Virginia

For the life of me, I can’t believe the Alexandria City School Board or ACPS staff would even consider forcing students to put on plays in something called a ‘cafetorium’. Given that a lot of Patrick Henry’s curriculum is based on arts education, keeping the auditorium should be a no brainer.

As the petition states, there aren’t many places in the West End to see performing arts and causing folks to go to a ‘cafetorium’ would mean one less place in the West End of Alexandria, Virginia.

I signed and hope you do too.

We want to save what we currently have in terms of any proposed new facility at the new Patrick Henry School and Recreation Center and the current plans for the new site will take away the kind of auditorium we have now. We are circulating a petition to officially request that the Alexandria School Board and City Council include an auditorium that would be part of a shared use space that will be utilized by both the new Patrick Henry K-8 School and the new Recreation Center for performing arts on the West End that will benefit the entire community.

We hereby officially request that the current specifications for Patrick Henry be changed to include this important space.

Read more about this petition at this link and tell the School Board to say yes to the arts.

(Photo via Petition site)

05/02/16 1:34pm

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May 5th Street Festival, ‘Dog Days in Del Ray,’ to Benefit Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

FIRST THURSDAY, Del Ray’s monthly street festival, takes place THIS Thursday May 5 from 6:00pm to dusk with the theme “Dog Days in Del Ray.”

Bring your favorite four-legged friend out to Mount Vernon Avenue for a wide variety of canine-themed activities, including an obstacle course,  K-9 Unit demonstration, doggie beer & wine tasting, dog massage & reka; a dog wash, and more.

Participants are encouraged to bring unopened cans of dog or cat food, or small puppy training treats, for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Donations of KONGs for dogs or cats, wand toys for cats, and dog toys. Drop off your donated items at the parking lot where the Farmers Market is held at the intersection of Mt. Vernon Ave. and E. Oxford Ave.

The event is FREE, open to ALL in Alexandria, and sponsored by Your Dog’s Best Friends and the Del Ray Business Association.

Visit our events calendar for more information.

05/02/16 12:50pm

Alexandria, Virginia high school student (Bishop Ireton) Sam Paparo asked his classmate Catherine Logrande to prom using a giant gum wrapper with “I would be Extra happy if you would go to prom with me” written on the inside. Sam was inspired by Catherine’s love for the recent viral Extra gum ad (see above), depicting a young couple’s love story captured on gum wrappers, culminating in a romantic proposal.


Catherine shared the duo’s special moment on Twitter (see above) and caught the attention of Extra gum which in turn sent her a custom sketch of the “promposal” and a corsage and boutonniere made entirely of Extra gum wrappers to help celebrate the big night. Catherine was thrilled and thanked the brand via Twitter, sharing photos of her and her date decked out for prom (see below).


It looks like the two had a blast at prom and created some great memories to keep for years to come!

(H/T Mary)

05/02/16 12:33pm

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If You Can Read This, Thank a Teacher: It’s Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is celebrated in schools nationwide this week. Many PTAs in Alexandria, Virginia are busy making sure school staff gets recognized – with a special breakfast or lunch, gift cards, or other tokens of appreciation.

I recall many of my teachers who made a lasting impression on me. For example, there was Mrs. Schwartz at Douglas MacArthur, Mr. Gravette at T.C. Williams and so many more. My son Sam has had really great teachers as well in Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) like Ms. Hribar, Ms. Denkler, and Ms. Maslyn.

The National Education Association has many ideas for thanking a teacher this week. It doesn’t take much to show appreciation for our teachers- a book, a gift card, a plate of cookies, or the most treasured, a handwritten note.

Thank you to all the teachers in Alexandria, Virginia! Who were/are some of your favorite teachers?

05/02/16 12:02pm

Sugar Shack Donuts Alexandria, Virginia logo
We hear that Sugar Shack Donuts and Coffee in Alexandria, Virginia and the new shop in Arlington is offering three (3) special flavors on Mother’s Day: White Chocolate Cherry Filled, Orange Basil Glazed and Peach Bellini Glazed.

These special flavors will be offered in the shop and for pre-order, in addition to the regular selection.

Visit the Alexandria store on Facebook (Arlington store here) for more information.

(H/T Sherry)

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